Small and green, limes look as vibrant and fresh as they taste. The aromatic citrus fruit is known for its tart and bright flavor. Limes are used to accent and enhance a wide variety of food items, from pies to salsas to soups. You can use limes to add zip to marinades, curries and sauces. If you have a lime tree, or if you stocked up on the fruit at a farmer’s market, store them correctly to preserve their freshness and flavor for as long as possible.

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Choose fresh, high-quality limes to store. Look for fruit featuring firm, glossy, vibrantly-hued skins. Discard any limes with shriveled skin which may indicate dried-out fruit. Throw away fruit with soft brown spots or mold.

Place the limes in a bowl and store them at room temperature for up to a week. Keep the limes in a dry location, away from direct sunlight. Watch for yellowing skin, which indicates spoilage.

Store limes you don’t plan to use within a week in a refrigerator. Place the limes in a perforated plastic bag and store them in a refrigerator’s crisper drawer for up to two weeks; limes stored for longer than two weeks may begin to lose some of their intense, vibrant flavor.

Freeze fresh-squeezed lime juice to use at a later date. Squeeze the juice of fresh limes into a plastic container. Place an air-tight lid on the container. Write the storage date on a piece of freezer tape and place it on the container for convenience. Squeeze smaller batches of lime juice into plastic ice cube trays and place them into a freezer.